• by Yann Tear

More good than bad for Silva, who believes Fulham will get solid return on Harry Wilson outlay


Marco Silva is predicting great things from £12m man Harry Wilson after the Wales midfielder marked his competitive Fulham debut with a fine goal.

The new Fulham boss was left frustrated as his team threw away the advantage the 24-year-old midfielder gave them in the first half of Sunday's clash with Middlesbrough at the Cottage.

But the bigger picture is rosy, Silva says, and Wilson is one of the sources of his optimism about what the season holds.

"His goal was a good moment," said the former Watford coach, who has taken over the challenge of getting back into the Premier League from Scott Parker.

"Of course the finish was very good and the decision that he made in that moment. He had a good performance. He did well on his first official football match.

"In general he looks really fit, but I'm sure that he will improve in the next few weeks as well. He's been working with us for the last 10 days and he didn't do a full pre-season because he was in the national team and he came late to start work with us, but he did well and for sure in the future, you'll see more good things from him."

Looking back on the 1-1 draw, Silva said: "I think we had some good moments and took positives from the game. Unfortunately there was frustration at the end that we didn't get the result we wanted and that I think we deserved.

"But that's football and at this level, when you are winning and you have chances to be more clinical and be more comfortable in the game, it makes everything more difficult. The game is always open.

"In general, the commitment was there and the attitude was there."

Siva added: "I'm sure in some weeks our team will be stronger, I don't have doubts about that. When you look at our squad list now and the players that were out - players that know very well the Championship and who were in the past key players for us - for sure it will be different."

Boro boss Neil Warnock was very complimentary about Fulham and said he fully expects them to be among the front-runners this term. "Let's be honest, they've got a good squad haven't they," he said. "They aren't going to be far away. Whoever finishes above them is going to get promotion.

"We couldn't go open. We had to hang in there at times. It's a good result for us. I think Fulham have got individuals far better than us, but as a team I think we showed that togetherness and desire which you need in the Championship."